Brett Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull”) have put their project, “The Canyons,” up on Kickstarter to raise money. The project, which “documents five twenty-somethings’ quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood,” was already very low-budget, which makes the Kickstarter move a no-brainer.
As with any Kickstarter project, there are perks for the biggest donors. In this case, if one donates $5,000 to Ellis and Schrader’s project, Ellis will read and review that person’s novel. Fantastic… if you are a fan of Ellis’s writing, of course. Apart from “American Psycho,” which is a misunderstood masterpiece of satire, Ellis hasn’t exactly lit up the literary firmament.
Shrader, not to be outdone by his partner, is offering script coverage to those who pledge $5,000. “Have your script covered by Paul Schrader: — Notes to be delivered in person (NY or LA) or skype,” states the Kickstarter page.
According to Schrader, “We all experienced the frustrations of financing and institutional censorship. But now, with advances in digital photography and distribution, we can tell a story in the manner we choose. Movies are changing and we’re changing with it.”
Glad to hear it. Be sure to check out Shrader’s highly underrated 2008 film “Adam, Resurrected” starring Jeff Goldblum in a surreal turn as a former Vaudevillian and star patient at a mental hospital in the Israeli desert. Also, if you dig guilty pleasures (fuck, there are no guilty pleasures), check out the adaptation of Ellis’s “The Informers.”